Every year I like to take advantage of tours in our historic St. Michael's Cemetery, located in the downtown area of Pensacola. Last Saturday, April 9th, St. Michael's hosted a very special Free Day with sixty individual stations set up throughout the cemetery for demonstrations of remote sensing; masonry, brick, metal fence, stone conservation; talks about prominent historical people buried in St. Michael's and epidemics through the centuries; Iconology and meanings; and even information about a botanical survey of St. Michael's Cemetery which mapped out over 450 species of wild grass and wildflowers.
St. Michael's Cemetery was recently awarded a grant of over $100,000 from IMPACT 100 (please click on the highlighted link to learn more about this incredible group of local women), which is helping to fund many repairs/restoration of this historic landmark which covers 8 acres.
Below are some of the photos I took last Saturday:
Members of various historical and genealogical societies dressed in costumes that day and presented talks about historical residents of the city, now buried at St. Michael's.
Dr. Eugenio Sierra worked as a surgeon in the Spanish royal hospital in 1785, but by the mid-1790's had became a prominent doctor in Pensacola. His is a fascinating story you may read by clicking on the link.
Dr. Sierra was known to have purchased a guillotine in New Orleans and brought it to Pensacola to use for amputations!
I hope you will take time to visit St. Michael's Cemetery. It holds so many stories and secrets which span its more than 200 year history.
You can print off a map and take a self-guided tour. In fact, if you have a smart phone (iPhone, Droid, etc.) you may be very interested in trying the Next Exit History app which, as they say, can literally put history in your hands with its database of over 35,000 historical sites. Check out more about this new software app by clicking HERE.